More trivial box-office data.

At the rate things are going, it looks like Juno — which was #2 last weekend and #1 every day since! — will gross over $100 million during its entire theatrical run, while National Treasure: Book of Secrets and Alvin and the Chipmunks will gross over $200 million domestically. If that does, indeed, turn out to be the case, then …

… 28 films released in 2007 will have crossed the $100 million line. This is better than almost every year on record, with the single exception of 2003, when 29 films crossed that line. 2002 and 2004 are tied for third place, with 24 such films apiece.

… 11 films released in 2007 will have crossed the $200 million line. This easily beats the previous record of 8 such films, set in 2005. Third place goes to 2002, when there were 7 such films.

… 4 films released in 2007 will have crossed the $300 million line. This beats the record of 3 such films, set in 2002 and tied in 2003 and 2004.

… no films released in 2007 will have crossed the $400 million line. One film per year accomplished this in 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2006. Star Wars (1977) and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) also crossed that line on their 20th anniversaries.

In other news, No Country for Old Men had $45.3 million in the till as of Wednesday and is thus only a day or two away from passing O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000; my review) to become the top-grossing film ever directed by the Coen brothers. However, it would still be behind the $60.1 million earned by Bad Santa (2003), which the Coens produced but did not direct.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).


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